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Veggie Pride Parade - Sunday

From: Robyn
Sent on: Thursday, May 13, 2010 8:25 PM
Hi all - there are a many options out there to participate in the Veggie Pride Parade on Sunday, so check out the NYC Animal Advocacy Network (www.meetup.com/nyca­nimaladvocacy) calendar for a few of them. 

In the meantime see below for the parade details straight from the organizer herself, Pam Rice. See you Sunday!

Veggie Pride Parade NYC
http://www.veggie...­
Sunday, May 16, 2010

Veggie Pride Parade is a noncommercial First Amendment event.

Parade line-up, 11 a.m.
Start point:
9th Avenue & Gansevoort Street
New York, NY

Download poster with map (PDF):
http://www.veggie...­

Parade launch:
12 Noon

Parade route:

Start point: 9th Avenue & Gansevoort St.
southeast on Greenwich Avenue
east on 8th Street
north on University Pl.
to Union Square Park (north end, across from Barnes & Noble)

Organizer:
Pamela Rice
VivaVegie Society
501(c)3
[masked], office

Official press release follows:


Contact:  Pamela Rice,[masked]
Veggie Pride Parade
c/o: VivaVegie Society

For immediate release

VEGGIE PRIDE PARADE NYC Set to Launch, SUNDAY, MAY 16, for Third Year

Parade begins in the city's olde meat district. It ends in a festival 
of over a dozen speakers, live entertainment, 40 exhibitors, and 
vegan food.

[NEW YORK, NY]  Every stand-up comedian in the business knows you can 
always get an instant laugh: make a vegan the butt of your joke.


Every vegan kid knows he or she is not likely to get a good meat-free 
and dairy-free meal in the school lunchroom and faces ridicule just 
for asking.

Vegans in some places have to buy their food by mail order or travel 
to other neighborhoods or towns just to eat. And ask any vegan about 
what he or she must go through to convey a simple food order in a 
non-veg restaurant. It isn't fun.

All this, even though we know meat is cruel, unhealthy, and 
catastrophic for the environment, both in terms of resource depletion 
and pollution.

And why are meat, dairy, and fish so heavily subsidized by 
governments around the world, particularly in the United States and 
Europe? None of it makes a bit of sense. Nor is it fair or right.

Enter Veggie Pride Parade 2010, an event that is sure to bring 
meatless living and all its issues a much-needed boost. Building on 
the overwhelming success of the 2008 and 2009 parades, this year's 
march through Greenwich Village will be even more uplifting and 
spectacular than before.

Individually, participants come from many different philosophies, 
religions, and general approaches. But on Sunday, May 16, 2010, all 
will proclaim with one voice an expression of veggie pride.

Participants will, as in past parades, be encouraged to come in 
costume and to wear signboards announcing their pride in their veggie 
lifestyle. Local restaurants and vegan groups will be represented 
with banners and chants. Mascots Chris P. Carrot and Penelo Pea Pod 
will again lead off the parade to set the tone. That is:

Food brings joy when it is not derived from animals

The parade begins in the city's olde meat district. It ends in a 
festival of over a dozen speakers, live entertainment, 40 exhibitors, 
and vegan food.

*  At about 2:15 p.m., the winners of the costume contest will be announced.

*  Babies and youngsters in veggie costumes will be featured on stage 
thereafter.

* Throughout the day, parade participants will enjoy the opportunity 
to make use of the "soapbox" testimonial station, a second stage set 
up at the opposite (west) end of the park. Here,  individuals will be 
able to passionately sing the praises of the veggie diet for all to 
hear (strictly non-commercial and videotaped for YouTube).

Organizer Pamela Rice feels confident that the 2010 parade will 
indeed be bigger and better than in previous years. The crowd should 
easily swell to several thousand once the parade reaches the park. 
Ms. Rice has said it before, but it bears repeating-"With this event 
people will see vegans and vegetarians come out from the shadows, 
once and for all."

Links:
Goals:
http://www.veggie...­

Exhibitors:
http://www.veggie...­

Speakers:
http://www.veggie...­

Program guide (2010):
http://www.veggie...­

Video of last year's parade:
http://www.youtub...­

Costume contest:
http://www.veggie...­


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